Having moles is very common, with most moles developing throughout early childhood and into the young adult years. It’s also normal for moles to slowly shift in appearance over time, with gradual color changes or showing new hair growth. While most moles are harmless, keeping a close eye on moles and other dark patches on the skin to note any sudden changes is an important part of skin cancer treatment and prevention. If you’re unhappy with the appearance of a mole, or if you’re concerned that changes in a mole’s appearance could be serious, you may be a candidate for mole removal from our New York practice.
Whether you’re ready to learn more about mole removal for cosmetic reasons or have any skin cancer concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us online today or call 212-535-3088. Dr. Michele S. Green, a board certified NYC dermatologist, practices the latest techniques at the forefront of skin care to restore the skin health that you deserve.
Moles, known by the medical term nevi, are simply clusters of cells with darker pigment than the rest of your skin. Normal moles are a common growth, either flesh colored or brown, that appear in the first few decades of life. They can either be flat or elevated.
Some people are born with moles, while other moles appear over time. Sun exposure may play a role in the developments of moles and an even greater contribution in the development of atypical or dysplastic nevi.
During your consultation, Dr. Green will conduct a thorough exam and take a comprehensive medical history. Answering questions about heredity is important since dysplastic nevi may run in families and can be associated with a higher frequency of melanoma or skin cancer.
Atypical nevi often can be confused with malignant melanoma; however, not all unusual-looking moles are something to be concerned about. That’s exactly why a close consultation with Dr. Green is so essential, so you can know without question whether or not to be concerned about a mole’s appearance. The mole can be removed either by surgical excision, or a surgical shave.
Dr. Green is an active member of the Skin Cancer Foundation Society and regularly donates her time for skin cancer screenings. She believes that prevention and early diagnosis saves lives. Dr. Green studied with the late Dr. A. Bernard Ackerman and authored a significant paper with him regarding melanoma, and continues to stay active and informed about treatment options for her patients.
As featured on TV with Dr. Max Gomez, Dr. Michele Green starts every visit with a skin cancer exam to save lives. She recommends annual skin exams to all patients, regardless of skin color or complexion. If you have a history of skin cancer or dysplastic nevi, she encourages more frequent skin examinations.
If you’re concerned about the appearance of a mole, please don’t wait to schedule an appointment. Contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 to learn more about mole removal from our New York practice.